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Grand Island police use deadly force during domestic disturbance

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 10:38 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 at 5:07 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man is dead following a shooting incident involving Grand Island police Monday night.

According to a release sent out by the GIPD, around 10:30 p.m. officers responded to 1115 E 5th St. for the requested removal of an out of control family member who was suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police said one family member reported being assaulted and both family members wanted the man removed from the house.

Americo C. Reyes Jr, a 40 year old man from Grand Island, was observed brandishing various objects as weapons inside the house.

Police said Reyes then started to barricade the doors, closing the window coverings, and turning off the lights. Officers standing outside by the back door were suddenly met with the man opening the door with a large knife in his hand.

According to police, two different less lethal options were deployed with no adverse affects on him. Reyes was given multiple commands to drop the knife and when he charged at the officers, the officers used deadly force to stop the threat and save themselves from serious injury.

Officers immediately attempted first aid. Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene when GIFD paramedics arrived on scene. An autopsy has been ordered.

As is policy, the three officers involved are now on administrative leave during the investigation.

“Our primary concern is for the mental well being of the officers, the officers’ families and the family of the deceased. The administrative leave helps us through that process,” said Capt. Jim Duering, Grand Island Police Department. “We do send our thoughts out to the family. We know this is a very difficult time for them as well.”

The Grand Island Police Department does not investigate their own officer involved shooting.

A request was made to the South Central Area Law Enforcement Services (SCALES) to conduct an independent investigation. Investigators with the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department are leading the investigation, with the assistance from Kearney PD, Hastings PD, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol. The Hall County Attorney’s Office is also assisting with the investigation.

In a time of unrest, Duering said this incident is concerning for police.

“This is the second attempt on an officer’s life in a month here in Grand Island. That’s very concerning to me. That’s very concerning to our people and hopefully that’s very concerning to our community. We just want to provide transparent law enforcement and keep Grand Island safe, and none of this helps us work toward that cause,” Duering said.

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